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Tom Youngs dismissal sums up Leicester Tigers’ torment in Exeter rout

• Leicester 20-52 Exeter
• Captain sent off as fallen giants side suffer ninth defeat in 12

Leicester’s torment goes on. After conceding their highest number of points in the Premiership era, and suffering their ninth league defeat in 12 matches, they could slump to the bottom of the table by the end of the next round which sees them visit the club currently occupying the position, Newcastle. In addition, they had their captain, Tom Youngs, sent off for a dangerous challenge at the end of a week when his brother Ben’s season was ended by injury.

The Tigers are in new, uncomfortable territory, like someone used to five-star luxury slumming it in a roadside motel. The club’s chief executive, Simon Cohen, reflected in his programme notes on the reaction of supporters to the defeat against Northampton in the last round when there were calls for a raft of sackings, including his. “All of this will be looked at,” he wrote.

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